Australian batters should put on neck protectors on their helmets when going through quick or medium-pace bowlers for the 2023/24 season, Cricket Australia introduced Thursday.
The governing physique has beneficial neck guards be used since Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was killed after a bouncer hit him within the neck throughout a sport in Sydney in 2014.
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The rule doesn’t apply to going through spinners or for wicketkeepers and close-in fielders.
Stars comparable to Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith and David Warner had resisted carrying them however neck protectors will likely be necessary in males’s and girls’s matches when the brand new season begins in early October, Cricket Australia stated.
Smith had earlier stated the neck guards made him “feel claustrophobic”. He was not carrying a neck guard when struck by a Jofra Archer dfelivery at Lord’s within the 2019 Ashes.
Warner stated in 2016 that he does “not and will not wear” one as a result of it “digs into” his neck and is an “uncomfortable distraction”.
“Protecting the head and neck is extremely important in our sport,” Cricket Australia’s head of operations Peter Roach stated in a press release.
He stated the choice was primarily based on “a lot of advice and consultation with a wide range of experts and stakeholders”.
The choice comes per week after Australian all-rounder Cameron Green needed to go away the sphere with concussion after a bouncer hit the facet of his helmet throughout his group’s win over South Africa in a one-day worldwide match.
Other modifications introduced included the scrapping of six runs being awarded mechanically throughout Big Bash League matches to batters who hit the roof of Melbourne’s Docklands Stadium.
– With inputs from PTI